An increasing number of Edmontonians are falling prey to heartbreak scams on the Internet and are losing their hearts and wallets to romance fraud. RCMP say that 748 people across Canada lost more than $17 million to online dating scams in 2016, up from $16.7 million in 2015.
Edmonton Police Services investigated two high-profile cases in the past year where one victim lost more than $50,000 and the second more than $90,000. Linda Herczeg, a detective with EPS, said, “We find the offenders are typically bullies, they’re narcissistic, they’ve got borderline personalities, or they’re sociopaths.”
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